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The State of Food and Agriculture 1955

Review of a Decade and Outlook

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The year 1955 marks the tenth anniversary of the foundation of FAO. It marks also the end of the first decade of agricultural recovery and expansion after the second world war. Unlike its predecessors, this issue does not deal mainly with the current situation and short-term outlook, but instead reviews the progress and experiences of the whole decade. The treatment of this theme has been analytic rather than purely descriptive. An attempt has been made to bring out the underlying causes of the main postwar developments, and to make some appraisal of the results achieved.

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The situation at the end of the war and some main factors influencing postwar developments

The main subject of this report is the recovery of world agriculture after the second war, the way in which. resources Were mobilized to that end, the principal difficulties which had to be overcome, and the lessons which may be drawn from the remarkable experiences of the last ten years for guidance in dealing with the very different problems which now lie allead. This chapter summarizes the food and agricultural situation when the world emerged from six years of global war and sketches the general social, economic and political background during the period in which the recovery took place.

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